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The Roles of Sport-Related Concussion in Education and the Educator in Managing Athletic Concussions


by Lester Mayers — October 19, 2012

More than 300,000 sport-related concussions occur annually among school age athletes. A concussion produces brain damage with consequent cognitive symptoms affecting attention, concentration and memory. During the recovery interval, the common symptoms of headache, dizziness, confusion low energy, light and sound sensitivity and the emotional reactions that accompany these impaired functions interrupt the injured student-athlete’s class attendance and significantly limit his/her academic performance. Educators must appreciate the factors underlying the abrupt transition of their “student” into a “problem student” after he/she sustains a concussive injury. The educator’s role in facilitating recovery and re-integration of the injured athlete into the classroom is a vital part of the healing process and the therapeutic efforts of the medical team. These concepts are discussed.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 19, 2012
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16907, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 7:39:12 PM

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